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Seton Catholic’s David Moore reacts to racial incident, calling it ‘unacceptable and disgusting’

Senior soccer standout challenges others to do more to expose racism

By , Columbian Assistant Sports Editor
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Seton Catholic soccer player David Moore called screeches directed at him during a match Thursday at King’s Way Christian “unacceptable and disgusting” in a statement posted Saturday on social media.

“Last Thursday I went up to take a penalty kick for my squad,” Moore posted on his Instagram account. “As I am running up to shoot, loud, coherent monkey noises can be heard in the opposing student section directed at me — an 18-year-old Black athlete. These actions are unacceptable and disgusting.”

The incident occurred in the 62nd minute of match between Seton Catholic and King’s Way Christian high school boys soccer teams. King’s Way Christian superintendent Dr. Jason Tindol offered an apology to Moore on Friday.

On a video broadcast of the match, screeches from the crowd are clearly audible as Moore prepares to shoot.

Tindol said “Our internal investigation has confirmed that the offensive noises did not come from King’s Way students; however, the investigation is ongoing.”

But Moore also expressed frustration with the reactions of others in the stands to the noises on Thursday night.

“We as human being need to start addressing the real issue of individuals dehumanizing and degrading others, as well as the fact that too many stand by without (exposing) these unacceptable word/actions or educating those discriminating others,” Moore said. “It takes little effort to stand up and walk to the source of racism. It takes even less to say stop and educate someone on how easy it is to treat each other with love and respect we deserve. We need to be better. We need to value each other as human beings.”

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